What does merely mean?

Definitions for merely

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word merely.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. merely, simply, just, only, but(adverb)

    and nothing more

    "I was merely asking"; "it is simply a matter of time"; "just a scratch"; "he was only a child"; "hopes that last but a moment"

Wiktionary

  1. merely(Adverb)

    Wholly, entirely.

  2. merely(Adverb)

    Without any other reason etc.; only, just, and nothing more.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Merely(adverb)

    purely; unmixedly; absolutely

  2. Merely(adverb)

    not otherwise than; simply; barely; only

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'merely' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1332

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'merely' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3103

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'merely' in Adverbs Frequency: #125

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of merely in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of merely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Steve Beshear:

    Under( the governor's) view, a budget is merely a suggestion and the legislature is merely an advisory body, we strongly disagree.

  2. Cornell William Brooks:

    This was not merely a mass shooting, not merely a matter of gun violence, this was a racial hate crime and must be confronted as such.

  3. Shashi Tharoor:

    It is merely regularizing the existing reality in a way that permits both countries to extend normal public services to the residents of these areas.

  4. Ariel Adams:

    Some watches are more branding than substance, watch out for brands with bloated prices thanks to merely adding precious metals and jewels to base watches and movements that aren't worth very much.

  5. E. B. White:

    If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world, and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

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